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Ben Nevis Hotel & Leisure Club
Ranked #13 of 21 Hotels in Fort William
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
27 hotel reviews
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“Dated - but still value for money”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2013 via mobile

As we were walking we chose this hotel mainly for its leisure facilities.
Check in was easy, our room although dated was clean and had the basics you would expect. We never ate in the restaurant opting to go elsewhere as the menu was limited and the dining room looks more like it accommodates bus parties rather than small intimate tables. We used the bar which was adequate but again quite dated. Breakfast was fine; what you would expect for this type of hotel. The staff were pleasant and helpful. Overall absolutely fine for an overnight stay maybe not a holiday.

PROS
Great leisure facilities - nice size pool
Good value for money
Nice staff
Well stocked bar

CONS
Dated and could do with a refurb
Dark lounge area with no windows which meant you didn't want to sit for too long
Lacked character/atmosphere

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2013

The good points,
Location is top notch, Pool is fantastic, however the staff take a mediocure hotel to a fantastic hotel,
The hotel is in need of a revamp,rooms are 70s era decor,same for public areas.
Leisure club is fantastic.
Ive stayed there many times now(6 in total) and this trip its been for two weeks,
My thanks to Michael(the dodgy woofter behind the bar.) and Lorna behind the bar.
Also the phantom skittle muncher(Hobbs) and David at reception.
The singer Paula on a monday night is very good.
Looking forward to seeing you all again.
Brian.

Room Tip: Dont take 24,(18 foot long strip of gaffa tape on the carpet..) , 31 or 107.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2013

Had a lovely 1 night stay, actually surprised myself and used the leisure facilities and enjoyed it . The staff were nice and friendly. Our room was lovely and comfortable. We had a room at the back but nothing to complain about. Would happily stay in the same room again. The courtesy tray had plenty choice which was good. We ate in the bar and the food was lovely . Breakfast was very good too. Soundproofing could be better but everyone was considerate in the evening. A fair bit from the town if walking but we were happy to stay in the hotel. Good value all round, will definitely come back.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Aberdeen/Cardiff, UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013

My girlfriend and I booked to stay in this hotel for a weekend away. Our main reason for booking this hotel was the leisure facilities, which I must say did not disappoint.

Our room was right next to the bar, which was good in some ways but a bit frustrating on Saturday night when there was a pub singer performing all the "classics". There were no instructions on the room and this lead to one cold shower before we figured it out and the bath itself looked a bit old and cracked. Aside from that the bathroom was nicely furnished and a lot more modern than the rest of the room. The upholstery was a bit dated aesthetically and the tv seemed to have come straight from the 70s but everything was clean and suited us just fine. Plenty of room, comfortable bed, nice and warm etc. The adjoining closet with desk, large mirror and wardrobe was a nice touch.

We booked a package that included breakfast, dinner and a glass of wine each. The breakfast included everything you'd want from cereal to pancakes to a full range of cooked breakfast items. Some of it was better than others (game sausages and haggis were a highlight), but being a buffet it wasn't very fresh. Dinner was rather disappointing both nights. There wasn't much choice for vegetarians (one main course). The quality of the food was average. I had a total of 6 courses and out of them there was only one desert I would have again. None of it was bad as such. I would have been very disappointed paying the £19.95 it would have cost, but having it included in the price, it satisfied our appetites and the wine was pretty good. The service was generally very good but there was one waitress that would serve us without saying anything and just didn't seem very happy to be there.

The location wasn't great. It was perfect for driving to Ben Nevis, but was a long walk to Fort William itself. We ended up driving in when we went and parking is either free or incredibly cheap so it worked out alright.

The one thing that moved this review up to Very Good was the leisure club. The changing facilities were great, gym was well equipped, the pool was a good size and temperature and the hot tub helped a lot after a long day of walking!

You'll find plenty of better places around to eat and drink but it's not bad. If you want a decent hotel with great facilities then it fits the bill.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Glasgow
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013

Stayed in a nice large room in the annex (they are updating the rooms in the corridor). Great view of Ben Nevis. Good leisure facilities with swimming pool, gym and steam and sauna rooms.Very good for the price, however breakfast was average.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2013

I recently stayed here for a family weekend over Easter and found it to be an acceptable hotel at a reasonable price. There was nothing I experienced that I would complain about, however there were a few things that might have been a little better. I was allocated a room in a part separate to the main hotel building, the decor seemed a little tired and there was a noticeable draft from the windows (this wouldn't have been as bad if it hadn't been so cold outside). There didn't appear to be much soundproofing between neighbouring rooms and the hallway. As it turned out, other guests were considerate and there was very little disturbance in the evening times. On a positive note, I did enjoy my stay and would happily stay again. I greatly appreciated the chocolate Easter eggs left in the room, which was a really nice little touch.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

very nice and friendly hotel gym was very nice as well as the pool,room was a single occupancy room which was comfortable for a over nite stay.i must say that i felt that the single room was small but very comfortable.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
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Property: Ben Nevis Hotel & Leisure Club
Address: North Road, Fort William PH33 6TG, Scotland
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Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Scottish Highlands > Lochaber > Fort William
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Fort William
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Ben Nevis Hotel & Leisure Club 2*
Number of rooms: 117
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated just on the outskirts of Fort William, at the foot of Ben Nevis, Ben Nevis & Leisure Club offers stunning views of the mountain and is close to the ski slopes of the Nevis Range. The Ben Nevis Hotel and Leisure Club offers a restaurant, a bar, free parking and a Leisure Club with a heated indoor swimming-pool. The hotel’s restaurant, with its views over Ben Nevis, has a table d’hôte menu. Guests can relax in the bar area, and a full Scottish breakfast is served every morning. Access to the Ben Nevis Hotel’s fitness centre is free to all guests. Facilities include a 15-metre long swimming pool, a sauna, as well as a steam room and gym. All the traditionally furnished rooms have a bathroom. Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas and also in Superior Rooms as well as all bedrooms if you book direct. There is also tea and coffee-making facilities and a work desk for guests to use. ... more   less 
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